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Dog Licking Privates & Red Spots and Bumps on Belly

by Joanne
(Jamaica Plain, MA)

Tilda's Red Spots & Bumps

Tilda's Red Spots & Bumps

Tilda's Red Spots & Bumps
Tilda

We adopted this 4 year old beagle/Jack Russell Terrior mix from the animal shelter one week ago. Since then we've notice that she has been licking around her privates and these red spots and bumps on her belly have increased.


The picture was taken after we came back from a walk and it was muddy out, so there is some dirt on her (sorry). We don't have a lot of money and the vet is usually very expensive but we will do what we have to.

What do you think it is? Tilda is a very sweet girl.

Thanks, Joanne

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Dec 10, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Dog Licking Privates & Red Spots and Bumps on Belly
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi JoAnne,
From the photos you submitted, it appears that Tilda was spayed while she was in heat. She may have developed a vaginitis, a bladder infection or mild superficial pyoderma (skin infection) from being shaved, having surgery, adopted to a new home, change of environment, in other words a LOT of stress to her system!

Unfortunately, animal shelters do not have the luxury of waiting until a dog goes out of heat before they do elective surgery. They are in the business of finding a HOME for the dog!

Since her spay incision will not be completely healed for another week, you will need to take precautions in bathing her. Try not get a lot of water or soap directly into the incision.

You will need to give her a bath with a gentle soap such as a baby shampoo, or consider an oatmeal shampoo which helps to decrease the itching. Her abdomen and vulva need to be kept very clean.

And you may need to make her wear men's boxer shorts (her tail goes through the 'fly') to prevent her from more licking and irritating herself. The shorts will need to stay on 24/7 except when she needs to urinate. And NO MUD on her when she goes on a walk.

With bathing 1-2 times per week, applying diluted Rescue Remedy (dilute it by adding 20 drops to 2-4 oz of Spring Water, in a pump spray bottle) to the vulva area as often as needed (during those times when you take off her boxer shorts for her to go out to urinate) should help to decrease the irritation. If she is not improved after 7-10 days, she may need to be seen to check for vaginitis, cystitis, or other skin infection.

A holistic veterinarian would be best, if you can find one nearby.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Related Pages:
- Dog Skin Conditions,
- Dog Itchy Skin,
- Dog Skin Rash,
- Dog Skin Allergies,
- Ask a Vet Online Library - Dog Skin Rashes, Marks, Spots, Lesions & Patches (including itchy skin and mange) Section


DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

May 09, 2013
Update
by: JoAnne

Tilda's doing great. Thanks so much for you're input!
J

May 11, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Dog Licking Privates & Red Spots and Bumps on Belly
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

May 11, 2013

Hi JoAnne,
You are very welcome. Thank you for updating us on Tilda's progress!

I am glad she is doing so well!

To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

P.S. If you've found this service or our web site helpful, please "Like" us by clicking the like button at the top of the left margin. Thank you!

DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.



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